It’s Hurricane Season: Are You Prepared?
Friday, June 03, 2011
A disaster can strike at any time - sometimes without warning! It is important for every Floridian, especially citizens with disabilities and other special needs, to plan ahead for an emergency situation and know what to do in the event of an emergency.
The best time to prepare for an emergency is well ahead of time. When you prepare from a position of safety and calm, you and your caregivers can better cope with an emergency or disaster situation when it happens. An emergency or disaster may present unique challenges for people with disabilities and special needs. If you or someone you care for has a disability or special need, you may have to take additional steps to prepare yourself and your family.
Florida Division of Emergency Management recommends you have a minimum two-week supply of all your prescription medications. According to Florida law, you can obtain a 30-day refill of your prescription medication - even if you have just refilled it but only if you reside in county that:
- Is under a hurricane warning issued by the National Weather Service; or
- Is under a state of emergency executive order declared by the Governor; or
- Has activated its emergency operations center/emergency management plan
For more information, visit our Emergency Preparedness page and download our Are You Prepared and Getting Your Prescription Medication During a Disaster fact sheets.
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